Federal DOL Updates

The Federal Department of Labor has posted a FAQ page here to help employers address questions related to recent Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) rules that we posted about here.

Federal DOL also posted this model notice for employers to post as required by the FFCRA to be posted by April 1, 2020 in a conspicuous place where employment notices are generally posted for employees to see.

Georgia DOL Updates

The Georgia Department of Labor has issued a new “Emergency Rule” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency proclaimed by federal and state governments. This new Rule changes the burden of filing unemployment and under-employment claims from the employee to the employer. This rule came into effect the week of March 16th stating that employers must file partial unemployment claims online for any week during which an employee works less than full time due to a partial or total company shutdown as a result of COVID-19. Guidance provided by Governor Kemp suggests that by making the employers responsible for filing along with the requirement to file online will streamline the process and get benefits more quickly to employees in need.

Under this Emergency Rule, if an employer fails to file a claim, that employer will be required to reimburse the Commissioner the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid the employee.

The Georgia Department of Labor has taken the position that the rule applies to all employees for whom the employer pays unemployment benefits.

The Georgia DOL link below contains additional information as well as filing instructions.

https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services

 

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